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Do Public Pools Have to Show Warning Signs?

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Allison & Ward

The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) says that public pools and spas are required to have signs warning of possible dangers. These signs must be easily visible within the pool area. Unfortunately, warning signs are not required for privately owned pools. A 13-year-old teenager from Round Rock paid a severe price for not knowing how deep a pool was before diving into it. Patrick Messer was at a pool party, which instantly took a turn for the worse. Messer dove headfirst into a pool that was less than four feet deep. He struck the bottom and suffered severe injuries that resulted in paralysis. In an interview with KVUE, he says, “I felt like my whole body was numb, I couldn’t feel from the neck down.” After the accident, Messer spent months in the hospital rehabbing his injuries. Part of that time was in the ICU where he underwent…
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How Often Are Workers’ Comp Claims Disputed or Denied?

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to The Texas Tribune, nearly half of all workers’ compensation claims are disputed or denied. The Texas Department of Insurance’s (TDI) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) handles all disputes relating to workers’ comp. Unfortunately, Crystal Davis experienced firsthand the difficulty in disputing coverage with a workers’ comp insurance company. Davis’s husband, Wayne, worked for Burger King as a “Sales, Profit and Operations Coach.” His job required traveling on the road most of the time. In September of 2012, Wayne was killed while driving to a Burger King store. A distracted driver had crossed over into his lane and hit him head on. His death left Crystal the jobless parent of two young children. Crystal filed for workers’ comp through her husband’s employer Burger King. However, Burger King’s insurer ACE American Insurance Company denied Crystal’s claim. ACE argued that although her husband was driving a company vehicle to a company-sanctioned…
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How Many DWI Arrests Have Been Made in Austin This Year?

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Allison & Ward

The Austin Police Department (APD) says that drunk driving is one of the biggest problems for the city of Austin. KXAN reports that between January and June of this year, 2,900 drivers have been arrested and charged with DWI. To take this issue head-on, the APD hosted a two-hour traffic safety symposium that included leaders from state, county and city government. Austinites joined the discussion to help city leaders figure out ways of eliminating DWIs. Police Chief Art Acevedo discussed the seriousness of the situation by citing DWI statistics from 2013 in Austin: There were 27 deadly DWI crashes. There were 364 DWI crashes that resulted in serious injuries. APD arrested 6,404 people for DWI. How Can Austin Reduce Drunk Driving? Acevedo said that he wanted to get as many ideas as possible on ways to reduce DWIs during the symposium. He plans to use these suggestions to help make…
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